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Binna Kandola

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Business psychologist, senior partner and co-founder, Pearn Kandola

Critically acclaimed author, "The Value of Difference: Eliminating Bias in Organisations" (2009)

Named one of the UK's Top Ten Business Psychologists (The Independent, 2004)

Professor Binna Kandola MBE is a diversity, assessment and development specialist. In the last twenty five years, he has worked on a wide variety of projects for public and private sector clients both in the UK and overseas.

Binna is a business psychologist, senior partner and co-founder of Pearn Kandola. He is particularly interested in understanding bias and finding ways to reduce it – the topic of his latest, critically acclaimed book “The Value of Difference: Eliminating bias in organisations” (2012). As well as leading the practice, Binna is the co-author of several books, one of which, “Managing the Mosaic” won a Special Commendation at the 1994 Management Book of the Year Awards.

Binna was the first Chair of the Standing Committee for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of Sir Robin Butler’s Panel of Enquiry into Equal Opportunities in the Senior Civil Service. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the BPS, and in 2002 was elected as Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology.

In 2004, Binna was invited to join the UK Government’s National Employment Panel and appointed Chair of the Minority Ethnic Group. He is a visiting Professor at Leeds University Business School, a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute at the National School of Government and a Fellow of the RSA.

Binna contributes regularly to the media as well as blogging for Management Today. The Independent on Sunday recognised him in 2004 as one of the UK’s Top Ten Business psychologists.

Professor Binna Kandola was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his services to Disadvantaged People and Diversity, and in 2012 a Honorary Doctor of Science by Aston University in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of Business Psychology.

Our Comment

"Professor Kandola focuses on ethnicity in "practice," specifically, how bias operates in organisations. A highly regarded conference speaker, he talks about how minority group members are affected by the way we socialise and interact in the workplace, and how stereotyping and assumptions not only impact decisions but also the behaviour of minority group members themselves at work."

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